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    The European Economic Committee opened its session today in the Chateau de Val-Duchesse, near Brussels.


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    GV. The Chateau de Val-Duchesse.

    SV.Pan. Delegate arrives.

    SV.Pan. Mr. Rey (Belgium) arrives.

    SV.Pan. The President Mr. HALLSTEIN arrives with the Dutch Delegate.

    STV.(Int) The President enters.

    CU. Delegate.

    SV. The President in the centre, on his right Mr. MALVESTITI (Italy & Vice President) on his left Mr. MARSHOLT ?Holland) and Mr.Rey.

    GV. Delegates.

    SCU. The President speaking.

    Initials MR/VCW

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    Background: The European Economic Committee opened its session today in the Chateau de Val-Duchesse, near Brussels.

    The ambassadors of Germany, France and Holland are guests of honour at the conference, which is being held in the Gothic Hall at the Chateau.

    Herr Walter Hallstein, Germany, the President of the conference, made his opening speech in German but later continued in French. Among other things, he said that "the delegates of each country are the servants of the great idea of European unification and that they, have to fulfil their duty of honest objectivity. In pronouncing these words in our names, as it is stipulated in the terms of the Treaty, we admit the obligations which from now on will be ours and, in doing so, we take upon our shoulders a great and noble duty."
    Herr Hallstein was born in Mainz in 1901. In 1951 he was Secretary of State at the German Foreign Office. Only a matter of a few days ago he resigned from his post as Secretary of State in the German Federal Chancellery. At a time when the whole of Western foreign policy is necessarily being re-examined a further note of uncertainty has been sounded because of this major change in Dr. Adenauer's Government.

    In most countries the departure of the civil servant who was permanent head of the Foreign Ministry would not in itself suggest a change in foreign policy. But in West Germany the Chancellor is in effect his own Foreign Minister. The titular holder of that office, Dr. von Brentano, is little more than a cipher. Most policy questions have been decided by Dr. Adenauer in consultation with Herr Halstein. Brentano has heard of the decisions later.

    Hallstein who built up the Bonn Foreign Ministry from scratch, with great success, is sufficient of an expert to have held his won with Adenauer, but the suspicion has been growing that Dr. Adenauer has reached the stage where he has outgrown his old adviser on foreign affairs. His speech at the N.A.T.O. meeting in Paris in December is not one that Hallstein would have underwritten.

    In one respect it may be true to say that Herr Hallstein's departure marks, if only accidentally, the end of an era. He was, above all else, a disciple of Mr. Dulles, United States Secretary of State.

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